The Congo-Basin in Central Africa harbors around one fourth of the worldwide rainforest stock. With 1.7 million km2 it is the second largest coherent rainforest territory on earth, only the Amazonian rainforest is larger. In the heart of the massive rainforest lies a nature reserve of 13,500 km2: The Odzala-Kokoua national park.
By the year of 2020 a total of 20 million hectares of rainforest are to be declared part of the nature reserve. A vision, but most of all a strategy for survival for our earth. The rainforest in Africa may be far away for Europeans or Americans, but its destruction threatens all people and animals, as the forest plays a fundamental role in the stability of the world climate.
Rainforests filter around 200 tons of carbon dioxide per hectare and store it. This way rainforests bundle the harmful greenhouse gases and stabilize the climate. The rainforest of the Congo-Basin is a giant storage for CO2 and herewith of critical importance for the global climate. The Central African rainforest stores around 36 tons of carbon dioxide, rudimentary the yearly worldwide emission, and around 42 times as much as Germany produces in one year (850 million tons of CO2).
Without these massive storages for carbon dioxide we would be faces with a huge problem. The heating of the hearth would be unstoppable, which would carry immense consequences with it. Glaciers would melt faster, the sea level would constantly rise. Entire habitats, including its animals and plants would disappear. It's time to stop the destruction of the rainforest!"
Some rainforest areas in the world are 100 million years old. In just a few decades the people have alarmingly decimated this vital treasure. Every year around 200000 km2 of forest disappear from the map – through illegal deforestation or fire clearing. What people reach with this is climatic suicide. The 20/20 project is a visionary initiative to stop the destruction of the rainforest. It’s a start!
No other place in the world harbors as many different animal and plant species as the unique habitat of the rainforest. Similar to large cities ground area is a scarce good – so construction and growth go upwards.
This construction mode consists of high trees, medium sized plants and grasses, and the „epiphytes“ that grow on other smaller plants. They can then absorb more sunlight than the plants growing on the ground.
The rainforest is the livelihood for millions of people in central Africa. Humans and nature live together closely, in good times and in bad. Entire cultures, such as the Pygmy people for example lead a “forest life”. Some Pygmy and Bantu tribes live on the border of the national park. The forest is their living environment, jungle pharmacy, shelter and food source. Should the forest disappear, the tribes would follow soon after. Thus any destruction of nature will sooner or later affect the people, too. The approach set up by the Odzala Foundation is therefore holistic: to strengthen the people in order to allow them to become protectors of the rainforest and its animals.
The Odzala project offers the unique opportunity to experience the rainforest of central Africa. Karl Diakite is one of the video reporters giving accounts straight from Odzala. Day after day he is en route with his camera. Fascinating animals, exciting discoveries in the thick jungle, to marvel at, learn, and pass on – here on www.odzala.com - your direct connection to Odzala.